Erin Powell Curator

Joined: Sep 26, 2017 Last Active: Jul 14, 2024 iNaturalist

Curator of Coccoidea and research scientist at the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA, FDACS-DPI)

Current research focusing on taxonomy of mealybugs (particularly grass-infesting genera), adventive Coccoidea and their predators, natural history and defensive mechanisms, etc. Past and present research on ecology of New Zealand harvestmen (Opiliones, Neopilionidae), spider-hunting mud dauber wasps (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae), and jumping spiders (Araneae, Salticidae).


I mainly focus on identifying NZ Neopilionidae and world Coccoidea on iNaturalist.

*Note that most scales, mealybugs, and whiteflies need to be slide-mounted for species-level ID, I am conservative with identification of pictures and recommend mounting specimens that require certainty.

ScaleNet is a great resource for scale host records, distributions, and literature:

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